Category Archives: Music

Emily Barker, Sweet Kind Of Blue. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

Blue is the very best kind of colour, you might paint it black, you can feel the anger and fury of red but at the end of the day, the emotion of blue always brings out the sweetest king of feeling; the reminisce, the heartache, the glimmer of hope wrapped up in the beauty of melancholy, such sweet sorrow is always serenaded with passion.

Fun Of The Pier, Cavern Song/(In) My Town. Single Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

Inspiration strikes in the heart of the moment, it can come from anywhere and be the loving parent of the most awesome of art; it is quite a moment when the lightning strikes, when the flashbulb glares and shatters and even when the stimulated insight comes from someone walking up to the stage and taking a picture of what is behind you rather than the performance itself, that is still a moment to record for prosperity.

Snakecharmer, Second Skin. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10

Love the skin you are in if you are able, cherish it even it is the hardest thing you do, and if it is not possible, if all the cards are stacked against you and you left holding the Queen of Spades and all the Hearts except the Ace, then grow a Second Skin, put on the mask if it is possible and throw a single finger up in defiance; nothing would make your enemies and detractors more mad and jealous.

Danzig, Black Laden Crown. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

There is a special place on Earth reserved for Danzig, the most combustible of volcanoes bow down and spill their lava in appreciation, stars blink out of existence in honour and the doom laden unappreciative steel their knives and pen like swords in readiness to decry one of the most incredible of lyrically perfect bands of the last three decades.

Clean Cut Kid, Felt. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

Never dismiss the humble acorn, never turn that opportunity to see a band start out, for the mightiest of trees turn out like that band that you cannot get tickets for as they take their music out on the road and become a truly great success; to have the feeling of nurturing a group in your heart of see the first signs of life evolve from the ground, it is something to behold, it is something proud to have Felt.

Skyclad, Forward Into The Past. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

The intro perhaps says it all, “Welcome back my friend, yes, it’s been too long…”, arguably a truer set of combined words never more uttered in the realms of the distinguished career of Skyclad.

Of course the band have been missed, the eight years in between album enough to tear the hair out of any long term fan, those who migrated from the days of Sabbat and the incredible fusion of Heavy Metal with superb allusions to the Folk genre, those who have not been able to see the band on tour for what perhaps seem forever; missed? There have surely been fans who have pined themselves into a state of unearthly unease as Time has flown by and now feel the relief of the checked mark of the clock as the band return to go Forward Into The Past.

Erasure, World Be Gone. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

There is a kind of reflection that requires no mirror, that needs only the seeds of an artist or a group of like minded individuals to prove that the world is as insane, as bitter and reclusive as you believe, that the resentful have control, that the compassionate have been locked away and the embittered, sulky one track minds full of greed and power are somehow chipping away at the last vestiges of decency to be found in society and soon they will be coming for you. It is enough to shout out to the remains of humanity, World Be Gone, enough to wash your hands off the pungent and festering remains which used to be sweet.

Paul Wilkes, Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

There is something very comforting in realising that Paul Wilkes has returned from the studio, armed with new songs, possessing stunning arrangements and taking on the world once more.

Not that the world would argue, they would applaud, holler, whoop a while and then sit back and let the words of a genuinely wonderfully lyricist and observer of the human condition take his stance, put his name out before the song and then let the music roll; it is in that comfort that such an artist strives for, that no matter the lyric or the song’s intention, the last thing they desire is to take away someone’s hope, for in hope there is always still a chance of love.

Antigone Project, Stellar Machine. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10

There are souls out there that can captivate you with their wit and unassailable charm, that just seem to have the ability, the passion, to find the best way to turn art into majesty, into the unconsidered desire and one that will make anyone reflect upon the music as a skill as much as they would going into the finest art gallery and contemplate the meaning and the purpose of life as they stand infront of Van Gogh’s Starry Night.

The Undercover Hippy, Truth & Fiction. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

It really is a blurred line that makes the properties of Truth & Fiction such a divisive and talked of machine, both used to the same effect, both used to either subjugate or release the listener, both designed to either control or free the willing recipient, after all people hear what they need to and mainly the open mind gets allowed to wallow in the cell of its open making because facts are manipulated and lies are watered down to make them palatable.